If the Taliban won't meet with the Afghan government, why would the United States think they're serious about negotiating?
When he was first appointed, many, including me, were willing to give Attorney General Barr the benefit of the doubt. His recent performance raises signifcant questions about his fidelity to the rule of law.
The special counsel’s decision to stick closely to what he could criminally charge primarily exposes not the president, but the country’s failure to devise better institutions for such situations.
The options for checking a president who abuses his power to the degree that Trump has are functionally impeachment proceedings or nothing.
On Thursday morning, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on Russian electoral interference before releasing a redacted copy of the report to the public.
A redacted version of the 448-page Mueller report dropped yesterday, and there’s a lot to say about it. In this Special Edition of the Lawfare Podcast, Bob Bauer, Susan Hennessey, Mary McCord, Paul Rosenzweig, Charlie Savage and Benjamin Wittes discuss what the report says about obstruction and collusion, Mueller’s legal theories and what this all means for the president and the presidency.
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Reading the report carefully and writing my thoughts as I go.
In examining whether the federal obstruction of justice statute applies to the president, Robert Mueller analogizes bribery and obstruction. But this is not supported by Office of Legal Counsel precedent.
The redacted Special Counsel report confirms that the Russian government, carried out a multi-pronged campaign against the U.S. before, during, and after the 2016 election. There were three distinct elements of that campaign.
Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But he did not exonerate the president either.
This is an appendix to Lawfare's initial analysis of the Mueller report, listing instances of obstruction as described in the report. Read the analysis here.
Editor’s Note: Below are the executive summaries of the two volumes of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report. Volume I deals with links between Russia and the Trump campaign, while Volume II deals with potential obstruction of justice by President Trump. This article is available in audio format on the Lawfare Podcast: Special Edition:
The Justice Department released on Thursday morning a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The Mueller team divided the report into two volumes: one on Russian interference and potential coordination with the Trump campaign, and the other exploring the president’s conduct in relation to the investigation. Each volume features its own executive summary, chronicling the investigation’s central findings and conclusions.
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On Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and related matters.
Below are Attorney General Bill Barr's remarks as prepared for delivery at his April 18 press conference on the publication of the Mueller report.
Good Morning. Thank you all for being here today.
On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation of matters related to Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and submitted his confidential report to me pursuant to Department of Justice regulations.
At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr will brief the press and answer questions on the Mueller report. Read Barr's prepared remarks here, and watch the Washington Post livestream below.
The latest move in the Trump administration's pressure campaign is more bark than bite.